Does a good job but the app and map creation are still improvable.
ZACO A9s Suction Robot with Wiping Function
last modified: 18.03.2020, 18:49
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The ZACO - A9s Suction Robot with Wiping Function is a very good vacuum cleaner, which is particularly convincing with its cleaning result. On carpets and on smooth floors, as well as around chair legs, the robot achieves a good result. It is also well suited for wiping as a supplement to the feuding. Only on edges with a small heel the vacuum cleaner does not clean so well. With its many accessories, the vacuum cleaner is also suitable for removing animal hair. With the app and the remote control in combination, you can control the vacuum cleaner easily. However, the fact that you need both is a bit impractical. Moreover, the app is slightly faulty, which is noticeable for example in the battery indicator.
The ZACO - A9s Suction Robot with Wiping Function is supplied in an illustrated box and has a battery charge of approximately 30-50%. In addition to the vacuum cleaner, the delivery includes a charging station with charging cable, 4 side brushes, normal bristle brush, rubber brush, 2 reusable microfibre cloths, wiper attachment, dust container, replacement filter, remote control, InvisibleWall transmitter and an operating manual.
Commissioning and app connection
The ZACO Robot app can be found in the Appstore and on Google Play and can be used for several variants of the ZACO robot range. The operating instructions also contain QR codes which can be scanned to get to the app. How to log on to the app and connect the app to the suction cup is described very well in the app. If one follows the instructions step by step, this procedure is done in no time. A registration code is sent to you by mail.
You can control the suction in different ways:
- By pressing a button on the vacuum cleaner (auto mode)
- Via app (auto mode)
- Via remote control
The vacuum cleaner responds to its commands with various signals and melodies, and signals are also given in words. The words are spoken in English by an automatic voice but are understandable. In the app, you can mute the robot. However, the robot's language cannot be changed.
Functions and modes
In the app, settings can be made such as:
- Suction power
- Water flow rate
- Cleaning plans
The use of accessories can also be viewed. You can also search for the vacuum cleaner, which then answers with a melody repeated 10 times.
All these settings are well adapted to the cleaning and use requirements.
At the top of the vacuum cleaner is the camera, which points directly upwards. While the suction cup is sucking, a map is created which is quite roughly designed. There are no lines of movement of the robot and the rough squares show the area of the room. The robot is shown as an orange dot.
The battery is shown as full in the app after about 120 minutes. On the app, however, the display still flashes orange and the operating instructions state a charging time of about 300 minutes.
In general, however, the app is good to have most of the setting and command options. It is well structured and you can also easily coordinate, select and adjust several vacuum cleaners. However, the mode settings are missing, apart from the suction power, and you can only send the vacuum cleaner in auto mode. It also does not show whether the robot is wiping or vacuuming.
Other modes are listed on the remote control, such as a spot mode and edge mode. When operating the vacuum cleaner, therefore, the best solution is to combine both control options if you value the variety of modes.
On the device itself, you can only start or stop the vacuuming. You cannot command the vacuum cleaner on the machine to return to the station. The vacuum cleaner only cleans in auto mode.
- Variable suction power (standard, maximum)
- Automatic cleaning (structured driving in line mode once lengthwise and once across the room)
- Wiping function, with the help of the wiper attachment
It is best to change the suction strength while driving. Otherwise, the vacuum cleaner will run in normal mode.
No bullet management and no zones could be set up. The vacuum cleaner runs better in the light than in the dark. This warning is displayed if you plan to clean at 5 a.m.
As soon as errors occur, such as getting stuck or limited functionality due to dust on the sensors, the app notifies you.
We have tested the vacuum cleaner on various surfaces and have found different results.
The comparison pictures compare before, standard mode and maximum mode.
We first let the robot run in standard mode and then in highest mode. The vacuum cleaner cleans very well on carpeted floors. However, the maximum mode is even more thorough and takes more snippets than the standard mode. The result is still very impressive.
The cleaning result is equally good on hard floors. There are hardly any shreds left here that are not collected.
To wipe up dust that has not been sucked in, the wet cloth pulled behind the vacuum cleaner is very practical.
The wiping attachment is equipped with a contact that tells the machine that the attachment is connected. The wiper is attached to the vacuum cleaner like a drawer instead of the dust container and pulls a cloth behind it that is automatically wetted with water. Since the wiper attachment and the suction container cannot be used at the same time, the cleaning operations must be carried out separately. However, dirt collects in the wiping container and is sucked in, which falls against you when you remove the attachment.
The water is released minimally on the cloth, which is thus permanently moistened. How much water is released can be adjusted in the app. In each mode, it is recommended to wet the cloth first and then apply it. Shake the cloth to ensure more intensive cleaning. However, manual cleaning with a mop is not completely replaced. The instruction manual does not describe that you can also put detergent in the container, but it should not be a problem.
The flap is attached to the attachment by Velcro and can be easily clipped on.
The robot drives carefully and brakes well in front of objects. Nevertheless, small collisions may occur or the robot may feel its way along objects or walls. The robot runs directly in zigzag mode and does not run along the edges in one run, but always when it reaches one. In auto mode, the vacuum cleaner robot first vacuums across the room and then lengthways. This gives a good result. However, we have also had cleaning operations where the vacuum cleaner has only made one run and has not run over the room a second time. The vacuum cleaner cleans just as well around chair legs, and the side brushes are a good help.
Care must be taken with cables and similar objects, as the robot likes to get tangled up and hang itself. This also stops the cleaning process and the vacuum cleaner goes into standby mode.
The scope of delivery includes a transmitter which signals the vacuum cleaner not to cross the invisible line. In the test on the carpet, the robot adheres to it and sucks along the "invisible wall". On laminate, the sensor is ignored both in wipe mode and in vacuum mode.
The vacuum cleaner robot drives its paths very reliably and picks up every spot in the room. After vacuuming, the robot drives back to its station and recharges itself.
In large offices of more than 120 sqm, the vacuum cleaner only vacuums about 90 sqm and therefore not the whole office. In the app, the vacuuming is determined as completed and the vacuum cleaner does not start again.
Cleaning and maintenance
Cleaning the vacuum cleaner is quick and easy. The container and the wiper attachment can be pulled out of the machine in a drawer for emptying. The cloth can be easily washed in the laundry.
The brush can be removed from the device and hair can be quickly removed with the tool supplied. A blade is not attached to the tool.
We have evaluated 38 customer reviews on the Internet. In summary, it can be said that around 65 percent of buyers are satisfied (4 stars) or even very satisfied (5 stars). Partially (2 stars) or completely dissatisfied are almost 19 percent of users. The average score at the time of the evaluation was 3.8 out of 5 stars.
The following points were positively noted:
- Intelligent suction program
- Wide range of accessories
- Very quiet
Negative comments were made on the following points:
- Connection problems
- Does not locate narrow table legs
|Scope of delivery||Vacuum cleaner robot, charging station with removable charging cable, water tank with 2 washcloths, remote control, cleaning tool, 4 side brushes, InsisibleWall transmitter, spare filter, batteries, operating instructions|
|Charging time||Approx. 300 minutes|
|Volume 1 metre distance||58-65 dB|
|Length of the power cable||130 cm|
|Battery life||Approx. 60 minutes|
|Additional warranty||No information|
|Cleaning by hand||Easy|
|Cleaning of smooth floor surfaces||Very good, hardly any remains|
|Cleaning of carpet floors||Good; there is hardly any entangled particles left.|
|Wipe function||Yes, the water tank is mounted on the unit instead of the dirt tank|
|Cleaning modes||Auto mode, spot mode, edge mode, MAX mode|
|Control||Remote control, at the touch of a button on the device, App|
|Obstacle detection||Breaks slightly|
|Control lamp||WLAN display, start button|
|Wet suction mode||No|
|Manual language||EN, GER, ES, FR, IT, PT|
|Quality of instructions||Good|
|Other products from the manufacturer||B076KRJJ68|
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